Stretch Marks, Genève
Decrease your stretch marks
Stretch marks are a fracture of the skin, particularly the dermis (intermediate layer located between the superficial layer, the epidermis, and the deep fat layer, the hypodermis) and of the collagen and elastin fibers of which it is composed.
They appear in the form of subtle lines, zebras, or deep crevices that can be very unsightly and difficult to live with.
During pregnancy, the period with the highest incidence of stretch marks, the skin is subjected to significant tension forces. The collagen and elastin fibers crack and can no longer fight against this permanent stretching force: stretch marks then appear.
Also, stretch marks can be created during major weight changes (diet, major weight gain, bodybuilding) or certain treatments (corticosteroids).
Pink to purplish-red in appearance, these stretch marks are recent and richly vascularized. Results are then easier to obtain with this type of stretch mark due to their high capacity to produce new collagen and elastin fibers. Consequently, the earlier a stretch mark is treated, the better the results will be.
White, stretch marks are old, have massive fibrosis, and are similar to scars. The treatment then aims to destroy this fibrosis and lead to the production of new collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin fibers.
A combination of treatment with medical lasers will treat and attenuate stretch marks. In the case of red or white stretch marks, the combined use of three lasers is most often used:
- the Genius radiofrequency will stimulate the deep layers of the skin for the synthesis of new collagen and elastin fibers
- the use of the Nd Yag Clarity II vascular laser will reduce redness in case of red-purplish stretch marks
- The LaseMD® fractional sub-ablative laser will smooth the skin and participate jointly with the Genius in the reduction of the size of the stretch mark by creating superficial vaporization wells.
These treatments will be performed during the same session. Generally, 4 to 6 combined treatment sessions are required.
For the most recent red stretch marks, the sessions will be spaced 2 to 3 weeks apart.
Older white stretch marks require a 1-month interval between each session following more intense laser treatments.
Redness and swelling may persist for 4 to 7 days in the treated areas depending on the intensity of the protocol. The duration of the session will depend on the size of the area to be treated and can therefore range from a few minutes to 1 hour of treatment. The treatment protocol will therefore depend on the number and size of stretch marks and will be refined with the CLEAGE center's doctors.
The application of a daily cosmeceutical to stimulate the biosynthesis of collagen and elastin fibers is systematically combined to improve the results.
Currently, no treatment can make stretch marks disappear completely, but several techniques can significantly reduce them to almost completely mask them. The CLEAGE center has the most recognized treatments in the treatment of stretch marks.
The expected improvement is 30 to 80% depending on the severity of the stretch marks and the capacity of each individual to produce new collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin fibers.